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Polish Lowland Health

PLSCof W&WE proudly support the Kennel Club's 'Fit for Function' & Assured Breeders Scheme

In general terms, the Polish Lowland is a very robust and healthy breed with an expected life-span of 12 - 14 years and more.
Some further (non breed specific) information is available here : Information Guide - Health Screening and the Kennel Club 

The goal in dog breeding is to breed functionally healthy dogs with a construction and mentality typical to the breed, Dogs that can live a long and happy life for the benefit and pleasure of the owner and the society as well as the dog itself. Breeding should be carried out in such a manner that it promotes the  health and well-being of the progeny, as well as the welfare of the bitch. Knowledge, honesty and cooperation, both on national and international level, is basic in healthy dog breeding. Breeders  should be encouraged to emphasize the importance of the combination of dogs as well as selection of the individual dog to be used for breeding.

(The above excerpt has been taken from the FCI's Strategie for Breeding.  

It is recommended that all PONS that are considered for breeding should have an Eye examination by a Specialist Veterinarian for CPRA and a Hip Xray for a Hip Score  Good breeders will always do their utmost to ensure that they breed from healthy stock thus giving puppies the best start in life, so do ensure that you always buy a puppy from a reputable breeder who should be able to answer any concerns you may have and will continue to be there to help with any queries you may have.

We do not yet know the incidence of Hip dysplasia in PONS but it appears to be low  Whilst many dogs can live a totally normal life with this disease in its lesser degree, some may have a painful  existence¬ and a few may need operating on for any chance of a decent life. There is no way to eradicate CHD, as it does occur even if both parents have alow hip scores, but the occurrences  can be minimized by regular testing using the BVA Scheme

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has a comprehensive scoring system.  An x-ray is taken of the dogs hips, and they are scored by a panel at the BVA.  Each hip has it's own score, and the two are added together to get the total. This means that you will know if one hip is affected more than the other
In the UK, each hip can score between 0 to 53, 0 is the best score and 53 the worst. When these are added together to get the total, this is the score used by BVA to calculate the 'Mean' score for each breed. The results are usually written down by breeders as follows: For example 5 + 7=12. This would mean that the Right hip scored 5, the Left hip scored 7 and the total score was 12
The breed average for each breed of dog will vary, and at the time of writing the breed average for the PON is 16, the 5 year mean average for the last 5 years was 12.

Obviously, with a small gene pool in the UK, other factors may allow the use of a dog with a higher score . For instance, If the dog is bringing in new lines to our gene pool, is of very good character and good breed type and also comes from lines with good hip scores, then consideration may be given to put it to a dog/bitch here that has a low score.  In a numerically small breed sense has to be used, to avoid the situation of 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater' When considering hip scores in breeding, if the score of the proposed dam is over the breed average then the breeder must use a sire with a score under the breed average".

 If you have questions about other dog health problems, you should always ask your vet and if you are concerned about the health of your dog do contact your vet

You can also go to the Kennel Club website and use the Dog Health Test Search facility. This tool will allow you to search for any health results for any dog which is registered on the Kennel Club's Breed Register either by its registered name or registration number (or stud book number).It will display any health screening results received and recorded by the Kennel Club from a British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club (BVA/KC) health scheme
The web link is:


RPED (CPRA )Is an inhereted eye disease where the cells in the retina -- the light receiving back of the eye slowly detiorates so the PON can become blind. At present we believe there are at least 2 types an early onset and late onset form. The early onset appears to be rare in the UK. We do not know how common the late onset form is
.The inheritance of the disease appears complex, and environmental factors (eg, a poor quality diet) and levels of vitamin E may influence the incidence.
There are genetic tests for a mutation which is linked to the disease in some breeds of dogs, but these test have not been validated in PONs So at present the club is not recommending the routine use of these tests till more is known. The club has arranged wuth the Animal Health Trust to send genetic samples for research of all affected PONs and we intend to arrange for the Eye Testing of our Mature PONs
it is a rare condition and the unfortunate dogs with it lead a very active healthy life

You can download an information leaflet here -

Health Survey
The club had run an annual health survey. Our numbers are small and in statistical terms of limited value . Our surveys have shown the PONS to be a very healthy breed. There was no reports of heart, lung, abdominal or reproductive problems . Skin irritation was recorded but no malignancy. 

We are requested by The Kennel Club to conduct surveys, offer advice and produce reports on the health of our breed. We are hoping to complete a Database of all PONS in the UK and in liaison with the PLSC to Complete a yearly health status report

As they are now two PON clubs each doing a survey please only complete one survey to save duplication

We are grateful PONS are a healthy breed and we would all like to keep it that way. So if you have any concerns about health matters in the breed or have experienced a particular disorder in your PON and please could I ask if your PON has unfortunately died do please contact Jim Sibley.
We intend to repeat the survey again each year and will soon be sending out Survey Forms and do hope everyone will let us know how healthy their PONs are well as let us know any illnesses they have unfortunately suffered.
Giving and collecting information is the best way we can help maintain the health of the PONS

  Please could everyone fill in this yearís survey, please everyone. So we can get a good representation of our PONs health state, whether you have had a happy healthy year or unfortunately an illness through the year. If you have filled in the survey for last year just fill in what has happened in 2016 and any changes.

I would like to look into PON diet more this year. Especially if your PON has a natural or mixed diet..

Please go to  https// or click here and fill in online or you can download s form by clicking here
Thank you  
 Jim Sibley


Health Survey Click here


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